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Get to Where You Want to Go!

Every day, we help people like you achieve their goals, whether that is earning a degree, preparing for a new career, or gaining skills to improve their jobs and their lives. All you need to become a student at NECC is a high school diploma or GED/HiSET – there is no application fee and no SAT scores are needed. Follow the steps below and start on your path to a better future! If you still need your GED/HiSET, click here to learn more about our High School Equivalency program.

Apply to Northern Essex

Apply to Northern Essex

It’s easy to apply to NECC. If you are a first time student, click on the “first time student” link above to get your Admission started.

If you are one of the following types of students, click on the box that best represents you to get started.



Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid can help you pay for the costs of attending NECC. This includes tuition and fees, books, and other expenses (room and board, transportation, and personal costs). Over 65% of our students receive Financial Aid, so apply today! MORE about applying for aid.

Take the Academic Placement Assessment

Take the Academic Placement Assessment

The Academic Placement Assessment, called ACCUPLACER, will help to accurately place you in the appropriate English, writing, and math classes to ensure your success. MORE about Accuplacer testing

Meet With an Advisor

Meet With an Advisor

Whether you are unsure about what you would like to study, or you want help planning your path to your dream job, we can help. We will help you develop an academic plan so you can get on, and stay on, track to achieve your goals. Drop by the Career Planning and Advising Center today. MORE about Academic Advising

How to Register

How to Register

If you have already registered view some important next steps in the registration checklistMORE Registration Checklist


If you would like to register in-person visit one of our One-Stop Student Centers listed below.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis One-Stop Student Center (Building SC)
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Map of the Haverhill Campus

Lawrence Campus

Career Planning and Academic Advising
414 Common Street
Lawrence, MA 01841

Map of the Lawrence Campus

Walk-In Hours

Monday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and Friday from noon to 4:30 pm.


Use Self-Service Online. Most students who have earned 12 credits or more and have a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 may register for classes using Self-Service EXCEPT students in the following programs:

  • Education (Elementary and Early Childhood)
  • English Courses for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • ESL programs or ESL courses
  • General Studies: Health Specialization
  • Any Human Service program
  • Any Deaf Studies program
  • All students in Allied Health Programs, regardless of credits or GPA

By Phone

Call Enrollment Services at 978-556-3700. You may be eligible to register over the phone.

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